Do you know what kind of cabinet door you have in your home? Unless you’re a home improvement guru (which you may be), you may not know the names of the different types of cabinet doors available to you. Flush mount cabinet doors are among some of the most common in households, which means a lot of people try to install them themselves. This is more than doable as a DIY job, but installing flush mount cabinet doors still requires some guidance to do it properly. That’s why we here at Hinge Outlet, Inc. put together a how-to tutorial on how to install a flush mount cabinet door.
Know the Sizing of Your Cabinet Door Space
The first step in installing a flush mount cabinet door is to know the sizing of the opening. To measure the space, account for the extra area for the fitting process. Place the cabinet flat and level on your workbench to accurately get the measurements. Use a table saw to trim it to a length 1/16 less than the height of the opening. Set the cabinet door in place and check if it fits tightly.
Shaving the Bottom Rail to Install a Flush Mount Cabinet Door
Use the table saw to shave the bottom rail slightly. To get the right angle to trim, place a shim an inch from the end without the gap, test fit the door, and continue trimming if needed. Be very careful and remove as little stock as possible with each shave.
Installing the Hinges for Your Cabinet Door
Place the door in the opening, using pennies as spacers placed on the bottom of the cabinet door. Trim the top rail until it has a 1/16 reveal. Stick a penny along the hinge stile and mark the location of the knob stile with tape. Repeat for the other door, and mark halfway between the two tapes to mark the center of the opening, where the doors meet before you trim the knob stiles.
Use the markings to help establish the placing of thehinges before cutting mortises in cabinet doors. Install the hinges at a 1/16 reveal, and check the resulting gap before installing. Use a pencil to mark both ends of the hinge barrel, remove the door, and hold a loose hinge over each mark and mark around the hinge plates. These will act as markers for you to cut mortises, allowing you to install the door with one screw on each side. Do this for both doors before securing them with the rest of the screws.
Adjustments When Installing Cabinet Doors
If the gaps are too large, chisel thin layers of wood out of the nearest mortise until it fits. If the reveal is too slight, loosen the screws of the hinge before slipping in a piece of paper to bump out the hinge. Tighten and check the reveal and keep adjusting accordingly. The plane of the door may not line up with the face frame, so loosening the single screw at the carcase-side leaf and installing screws in the inset should help. Shift the door out by placing screws against the outer edge, and put the screws against the inner edge to pull the door in. Once you align the door, remove the original screw and fill the hole with toothpicks and glue before drilling a pilot hole after the plug hardens. Trim the knob stiles to produce a 1/16 reveal down the middle and bevel each door slightly to the inside.
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